Texas Football: Predicting Longhorns next transfer after Maalik Murphy

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Juan Davis, TE

Another Herman-era recruit who has gotten limited run in the last few seasons during the Sark-era on the Forty Acres is the former three-star recruit and junior tight end Juan Davis. The third-year tight end from Fort Worth, TX, committed to Texas in the 2021 class before Herman was let go early in the 2021 offseason.

Davis has gotten limited reps on offense and special teams in the last few seasons at Texas. This fall, he took a career-high 109 live-game snaps on offense and special teams. But his role was still limited on offense, despite Texas's star at the position going down with an injury in the midst of Big 12 play.

Special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks and the Longhorns have made it known that they're prioritizing adding tight end depth in the transfer portal this offseason. Texas is not only looking for more quality depth in the tight end room heading into the SEC in 2024, but also getting an impact starter via the transfer portal.

Texas is expected to lose All-Big 12 junior tight end Ja'Tavion Sanders to the NFL Draft next spring. That leaves fellow junior tight end Gunnar Helm as the only player at the position for the Longhorns with significant live-game experience at the collegiate level on the roster returning for the 2024 season.

The fact that Davis will be in his fourth year in college next season and he still hasn't made significant progress on the two-deep at tight end for the Longhorns in the last three years means his ability to make an impact on this program is probably in the rearview mirror.